I want to share some Bible verses about patience, but first let me ask you, have you ever prayed for more patience and it seemed like all you know what broke loose!? It makes me think of the funny meme I’ve seen that says, “Bless me with patience…not opportunities to be patient, I’ve had plenty of those and they don’t seem to be working.” Thankfully, as with most subjects in our life, we can turn to the Word of God for wisdom and counsel. In my Bible Journaling Tips, Inspiration, and Permission book, I have two whole pages listing verse after verse about patience.
Reading Bible verses about patience is the easy part though, it’s living them that is hard. At night when I consider in my nightly examen, “Was I patient with myself and others today?” I have to honestly say “No” many nights. And I also have to honestly confess being a bad example to my children. Just like I need a motto to help me through the week, a reminder of who I am or what I have–I Have Enough–I also need to rely on the Word of God–good solid Bible Verses–to teach and strengthen me. Let’s look at some Bible verses about patience today.
Bible Verses About Patience
I also need to add, when I’m examining Bible verses about patience, I also need to examine Bible verses about pride. The two are the best of friends and they can very easily gang up on me and you. My pride sets my expectations for how I think things should go or be done. When my expectations are not met, impatience rears an ugly head. “Don’t you know I’m…Didn’t you realize I’m…I’m trying to…I’m going to…I need…I want…I expect…I thought…” Me–Me–Me, a sure and glaring sign of pride. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 and 2 Timothy 2:24 address our expectations contributing to our impatience.
The ugly truth about patience is when we’re struggling with it, it is so much easier to recognize and try to correct in someone else. So then we become impatient nags! How many times does my impatience with myself end up looking like agitation and impatience with someone else? More times than I personally care to admit! So in this struggle to become more patient, I also need to add the virtue of endurance; the stamina to either remain patient or to continually redirect to my heart and mind to practicing patience. Luke 21:19 and Romans 5:4 are perfect Bible verses about patience to reflect on for this particular issue.
So the solution to impatience? I think we need to ask ourselves some questions.
What’s going on here? Is this really a problem or is it just not meeting my expectations?
For example…I run into the grocery store to buy milk and eggs and end up standing in line for 15 minutes for two items. By the time I get to the car I need something–something for my impatient induced headache, antacids for my churning stomach because I’ve gotten myself all worked up or a drink (something strong or warm or both) to set myself back right with the world.
Was the problem: I expected to run in and run out? I expected all cashiers on hand? I expected an experienced cashier? I expected the lady in front of me to have her act together?
Romans 15:5 or Ephesians 4:2 would certainly be Bible verses about patience I would need to recall in those situations. Both of those verses speak of how I should treat others. They use such descriptive words as: harmony, accord, lowliness, meekness, and forbearing.
And what if I decide there really is a problem? What if my expectations were not the problem, it actually was the situation? Could it be the Lord was giving me some down time–albeit in a grocery line–to just be still for a minute? Could the Lord have been offering me an opportunity to smile at my fellow shoppers? I may have been the only person they saw that day who smiled at them. Could the Lord have been offering a nice training ground to work on the virtue of patience? Did I squash the opportunity with the agitated tapping of my foot? Really, there are worse ways to learn patience than standing in a grocery line right? Waiting on test results from the doctor or a call about a sick loved one in another state or a terminal illness…There are definitely worse ways to put my patience or lack of to the test.
When we encounter these moments that rile up our patience, let’s step back and consider, maybe this is actually for my good. Psalm 37:7-9 or Isaiah 40:31 are scriptures suitable for this pondering. Maybe the opportunities to practice patience are not only for the sake of patience. Maybe there are other virtues that will be refined and strengthened in this process.